Best Sea Scooters: What are they?
Sea scooters are small boats with two or three wheels used primarily for recreational purposes such as sailing, surfing, boating, fishing and other water sports. They have been around since ancient times and were popularized during the Victorian era when many models became available at reasonable prices. Today, there are several types of sea scooters available including sailboats, inflatable dinghies and even small personal watercraft (PWC).
The most common type of sea scooter is the sailboat style. These boats typically have a flat bottomed hull and a single mast which extends out from the bow end of the boat. Sailboats are usually propelled by sails rather than oars or paddles but can still be operated by one person using hand controls.
There are many different styles of sailboats and some are designed specifically for recreational use while others are built for commercial use.
A few examples of popular sailboat designs include the traditional sailing yacht, the fiberglass sailboat, the ketch design and the windsurfer. Other popular types of sea scooters include inflatables, paddleboards and windsurfers. All these types of sea scooters require a suitable vessel to operate them.
Small boating accidents can easily be avoided if you wear a personal flotation device (PFD).
History Of The Sea Scooter
The earliest examples of sea scooters date as far back as the late 18th century when many new and exciting designs were developed. During this era, various types of sailing boats were being used by sailors and fishermen to trade and transport goods. Some of the most common sailboat designs from this period included the sloop, the cutter, the schooner and the yawl.
Normally, these types of boats had no means of propulsion and relied on the wind to power them across the water. Sails were set using either square or triangular shaped sails which enabled these boats to travel long distances with ease.
At this time in history, many people enjoyed spending their spare time at the beach and sailing was a popular recreational activity. However, it must have been difficult to enjoy this hobby if the wind didn’t happen to be blowing in the right direction or there was no wind at all. As a result, sailing enthusiasts began to experiment with different types of sails and experimented with ways of moving the boats using oars and paddles.
The development of the sailing boat continued throughout the 19th century and many new and exciting innovations were made. During this period, steam power began to be used more frequently and some ships even had a combination of sail and steam power. It wasn’t long before the first internal combustion engines were being installed on boats and the sailing boat began to evolve into the modern day yacht.
By the middle of the 20th century, many people were enjoying leisure time pursuits such as swimming, sunbathing, surfing and sailing. Designs for new types of small sailboats led to the development of catamarans, multihull boats and the famous Bermuda sloop. The multihull boats proved to be faster than the other types of sailing boats and became extremely popular for racing.
It wasn’t long before enthusiasts began to race these small sailboats around buoys or across fixed distances on vast bodies of water.
Designers continued to experiment with boat designs until someone came up with a brilliant idea in 1959. Glen Van Voorhees was captain of the swimming and diving team at Yale University and one day he came up with the idea of a boat that could be operated underwater as well as above the water. The concept was designed and built during Van Voorhees’ graduation year engineering project.
His design was later perfected and a working model debuted in 1964 at a pool in Connecticut. The “submarine” operated using a propeller connected to an air pump. The air was stored in tanks and the sub could travel to a depth of 15 feet.
Van Voorhees’ Submarine was so popular that he received offers from investors and he founded a company known as Van Voorhees Designs. Today, many boat designs have been influenced by Van Voorhees and every year more than one million people enjoy sailing their Van Voorhees designed sailboat.
The history of the sailboat is quite long and complex. The list of designers and contributors to this popular method of transport is endless and it would be impossible to name them all. However, the most important names associated with sailboat development are probably the ancient Egyptians who first built sailboats and the Polynesians who were the first people to sail across vast areas of ocean using only the power of wind.
The ancient Egyptians built many different types of boats for various purposes but they are best remembered for their sailboats. They created large ships with sails as well as oars in order to trade with other nations and to explore the lands around their own country. Some of these boats were used for war and carried armed soldiers to fight in battle.
The most famous and largest of all Egyptian sailboats was the “Nefertiti”. This boat was designed to carry the queen and her royal court on an expedition up the Nile River. The expedition lasted for over a year and visited such famous landmarks as the Cave of Swimmers and the Temple of Abu Simbel, which was later buried by sand.
The “Nefertiti’s” most important voyage, however, was in 1932 when the boat was dug out of the desert sands. It is now on display for visitors to enjoy today in a special museum in Cairo.
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